FARGO — A wooden target isn’t the only thing that can stop a revolving ax in midair. A virus can, too.
Witness what’s happening at Triple Ax, 5229 51st Ave. S., which is closing down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The popular ax-throwing venue, which was eyeing a move to a larger location with a bar and kitchen this spring, will close its physical site on June 28, according to co-owner Marcel Baumgartner.
“No one came back,” Baumgartner said.
They reduced to four throwing lanes to better practice social distancing to ensure people felt safe, but it was not enough.
The company employed a staff of nine, most of them part time.
It was a somber one-year anniversary at Triple Ax. It coincided almost exactly with the mid-March shut down of businesses by Gov. Doug Burgum due to the pandemic. They remained closed for a month-and-a-half.
Baumgartner said during their first year they’d paid off all their debt, and even had a small cushion to get them through the summer.
Now they’re pulling out of the 3,200 square-foot venue entirely. But not until June 28.
“We’re definitely encouraging people to come in,” she said.
Baumgartner has said she wants to come back, perhaps in a bigger venue, as early as 2021. But the date isn’t firm.
“That’s the hard part for me,” she said. “In opening it, I knew exactly what I was waiting for. This one, we’re just kind of waiting on a gut feeling to go away.”
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